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Paul Carnahan 
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Re: “In Memo, Vermont Ed Secretary Discourages Student Walkouts

The schools have had at least two weeks advance warning that this will take place. It is only for 17-minutes. How disruptive can this be? If Secretary Holcombe really supports the student activism around this issue, as she says she does, I would think that she could come up with a way that this protest could be accommodated. This is a rather mild form of civil disobedience. A student pulling a fire alarm causes much more disruption than this protest and for no good purpose. As other commentators have said, this is a teachable moment that should not be snuffed out.

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Posted by Paul Carnahan on 03/03/2018 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Library Board Pushes to Rename Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award

It would be interesting to know more about what was behind the boards decision. Fisher was a member of the Commission on Country Life, but so were 200 other Vermonters. As Is necessary with a group this big, the Commission was divided into committees. Fisher severed on the Subcommittee on Adult Education of the Committee on Educational Facilities for Rural People and the Committee on Vermont Traditions and Ideals. She was NOT on the Advisory Committee of Eugenics Survey. There were other prominent people who were on this committee, but DCF was not one of them. DCF devoted her career to literature and education, which on the surface would seem appropriate achievements for this award. In order to understand this recommendation it is necessary to know what other evidence the board considered to determine that her name should not be associated with the program.

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Posted by Paul Carnahan on 01/13/2018 at 10:42 AM

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